1 soldier dead, 9 injured after lightning strike at Army base in Georgia

The extent of the soldiers' injuries are unknown.

July 20, 2022, 7:06 PM

One U.S. Army Reserve soldier has died and nine others were injured after a lightning bolt strike while on a range at Fort Gordon, Georgia, a base spokesperson told ABC News.

"It is with a heavy heart Fort Gordon confirms one of the soldiers injured in the lightning strike this afternoon succumbed to their injuries," base spokesperson Anne Bowman told ABC News. "No name will be released until the next of kin have been notified."

Bowman said the incident occurred at approximately 11:10 a.m. at Training Area 26 when there was bad weather in the area, and that the soldiers "sustained injuries associated with a lightning strike at one of their training areas."

"We know there were injuries, but we don't know the extent of those injuries," Bowman had told ABC News.

Fort Gordon's Department of Emergency Services and EMS responded to the scene immediately, according to Augusta ABC affiliate WJBF.

The soldiers were taken to the Dwight David Eisenhower Medical Center at the base for treatment, according to Bowman.